Homes gossip: Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Matt Lucas

Glamorous singer Beyoncé is giving her New York apartment a makeover in time for the arrival of her baby - architects and designers are adding a 2,200sq ft nursery to the trendy Tribeca home which she shares with rapper husband Jay-Z
Beyoncé

Beyoncé's baby already has the designers in


Pop stars don’t come more glamorous than Beyoncé so it is only fitting that her baby should follow in her designer-imprint footsteps.

The Best Thing I Never Had singer is expecting her first child with rapper husband Jay-Z and is giving her New York apartment a makeover in time for the new arrival. Architects and interior designers are adding a 2,200sq ft nursery to the trendy Tribeca home. The couple have another home in Miami.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s mother, Tina, is on the move from her fivebedroom, five-bathroom Texas mansion, bought for her by the singer. The palatial pad, which includes 2.6 acres of gardens, is on the market for £2.19 million.


Matt Lucas

It's a Hollywood home for Matt


When Matt Lucas returned to the West End this year for a stint in Les Miserables, fans of the multi-talented Little Britain star were hopeful he was back on home turf for good. But his latest property purchase would suggest otherwise.

He has reportedly bought a three-bedroom, three-bathroom pad, with a two-bedroom guest annexe, on one of the most desirable streets in West Hollywood for £1.8 million. The 38-year-old Vicky Pollard creator has an eye for a bargain, too, paying £377,000 less than the previous owner did back in 2007.

Following roles in a string of blockbuster movies, it seems Lucas is set on building on his career in Tinseltown.


Ennismore Garden Mews

Avengers and achievers


Knightsbridge’s Ennismore Garden Mews is a star of TV and the big screen. It was home to dapper John Steed (played by Patrick Macnee, pictured left with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel) in The Avengers, and took a leading role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy as the location of murdered Brenda Blaney’s flat.

Now a property in the secluded SW7 spot is on the market. Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year finalist Christianne Wuillamie wants £2.75 million for her two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, through Strutt & Parker (homesandproperty.co.uk/sales/2915009). The property has planning consent for a conservatory extension, within part of the existing courtyard garden.


St Paul's apartment

See St Paul's from your own Wren home


Wouldn't you like a home designed by Sir Christopher Wren? This magnificent tower apartment, once part of a Wren church, is for sale for £4.5 million through Foxtons (020 7973 2020). The Grade I-listed building includes original features, such as a stone staircase built in 1704, juxtaposed with modern fixtures.

Just opposite the stock exchange, this is the ideal three-bedroom City-boy pad. After a hard day making money, one can relax in the Jacuzzi in the sixth-floor master bathroom, or climb to the top-floor balcony to enjoy - gin and tonic in hand - magnificent and entertaining views of St Paul’s Cathedral and its colourful anti-capitalist protest
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A slice of design history


Calling all design aficionados with £10 million to spare. The Design Museum, converted in 1989 from a banana-ripening warehouse at Butler’s Wharf, near Tower Bridge, is to be sold through Cushman & Wakefield (020 8569
1600) to help fund a £77 million move to west London.

The Thames-side building is where Jonathan Ive showed what he could do before he went to Apple; where star architect Zaha Hadid held her first British solo show, and where fashionistas Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Philip Treacy and Vivienne Westwood have exhibited. The museum will be rehoused in the much bigger former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in 2014.

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